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tell me what you're thinking up there with your mates. >> i kept saying, i was like, gosh, this will start getting real emotional. this is what i was saying there. well, if i start singing, it will be like gibberish right now. i'm going to be so choked up and emotional. it started -- i felt my eyes starting to water up. i tried not to let myself let it all out, but a lot of it came out. you know, those guys, i've been able to be a part of a relay team with them for a couple of years. and we've had some good success. it was cool being able to stand on the medal podium one more time with those guys, my teammates. ♪ ♪
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♪ >> on behalf of all of us at nbc, it's been great to chronicle your career as the greatest olympian ever. >> thank you. >> michael phelps, folks. for now, good night from london.
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after the olympics, how southwest customers were billed [ male announcer ] it would be easy for u.s. olympian meb keflezighi to deposit checks at the nearest citibank branch. ♪ like this one. ♪ or this one. ♪ or, maybe this one. ♪ but when it's this easy to use citibank mobile check deposit
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at home...why would he? ♪ woooo! [ male announcer ] citibank mobile check deposit. easier banking. every step of the way. ticket turbulence. southwest offers fares at half price. how customers ended up paying thousands of dollars instead. a former congressman heads to court. why he's arguing his bathroom breaks were official business. and the golden touch. michael phelps wins one last medal for the greatest haul in olympic history. good evening, everyone. i'm jim rosenfield. dozens of athletes were bringing
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home more medals. michael phelps promised it would be the last olympics of his career. tracy potts has more from london. >> reporter: it would actually be talking more about what they didn't win. the men's relay, michael phelps' triumphant last stand, he swam the middle lap and took home gold in the final race of his olympic career. >> i couldn't ask to finish on a better note. i've done everything i ever wanted to do. i'm very happy. >> reporter: he's turning it over to a younger crowd of swimmers like the four who won tonight the women's relay in world record time. >> that would be the perfect way for me to lead the women's team. >> reporter: for the first time in almost half a century, the u.s. won a silver in the men's
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race. >> i hope i represented the u.s. the best that i could. i left my heart and soul out there on that track. >> reporter: gold medal champions. opponents prove to be no match for serena williams. >> i don't know, i don't know, i'm so happy. >> or the bryant twins. a bronze in fencing, america's first here. and in rowing, the women's cycling team got silver. but the men's basketball team gave everyone a scare. >> it was a tough one. they played hard. we couldn't get the shots to go. >> reporter: they won, but barely. 91-94 against lithuania. and even though he's not on team usa, we would be remiss tonight not to mention south african runner oscar pistorius. he is a double amputee and the first to participate in both the olympics and the paralympics.
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>> the united states has the most gold medal with 26 and the total of 54. china is in second, great britain in third with 29 and russia with eight gold medals. the last will be crowned in the men's 100-meter dash. gymnastics, women's diving, and you can watch women's beach volleyball. it all starts at 8:00 p.m. right here on nbc 4. tomorrow we could add some storms to the mix. meteorologist chuck bell is monitoring storm systems in weather center 4. what do you have four us? >> 96 degrees at the airport with a high temperature on sunday every bit as hot.
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temperatures are still in the mid-80s. a few spots in the mid-70s now. no rain in our immediate future, however, the yellow shaded area that you see there that does include the d.c. metro area for your sunday, that's a slight risk for severe weather coming in tomorrow, late afternoon, evening time frame. could go into the late night hours tomorrow night. sizzling forecast, jim. more than a dozen wildfires are roaring through oklahoma tonight, and in a stunning development, authorities are looking for a man who might have set one on purpose by throwing flaming newspapers out of a truck window. news 4's darcy spencer has more on the destruction left behind. darcy? >> reporter: the wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes, thousands of people evacuated, some returning to their homes to find nothing but smolderring rubble. authorities, as you say, say one of those blazes may have been set. there are more than a dozen
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blazes burning across oklahoma. they've scorched 80,000 acres a midst the driest conditions the state has ever seen. >> this is what's left of our house. it's just dust and ash, really. >> victoria escaped the flames with her seven children and little else. >> there's nothing. it's just really sad. >> reporter: residents of these burned-out communities say the fire damage is worse than the devastation caused by a tornado. >> i would take ten tornadoes before i would take one of these, because with tornadoes, at least you can walk around and find some things that are left over, but the heat and the flame gets in this and it just eats it up. >> reporter: oklahoma governor mary fallon toured part of the disaster area saturday morning. >> we're very thankful we haven't had any loss of life or any loss of firefighters. >> reporter: authorities say one of the fires in luther may have been the act of an arsonist. there are reports a man was seen tossing a flaming newspaper out
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of a pickup truck friday afternoon. >> we were able to salvage some of our stuff. i'm still pretty numb from it. this is the house i grew up in, so it's pretty hard to see everything gone. >> reporter: officials say right now the focus is on firefighting and preventing those flames from spreading, but there is concern low humidity, high winds and dry conditions will only fuel those flames. jim, back to you. >> darcy, thanks. the man accused of shooting representative gabrielle giffords wants to go to a trial. they say he's mentally competent to understand the charges against him. else accused of opening fire at a giffords meet and greet in tucson. 6 people died, giffords was critically injured. a judge will ultimately decide whether to accept the plea deal. details haven't been released
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yet. the unsolved murder of a north virginia team is now getting a second look. the 14-year-old went missing ten years ago in ashburn. her body was later found in what's now redskins park. the sheriff believes now she knew her killer. they're hoping forensic technology will help put the case to rest. virginia governor bob mcdonnell says the presiderepub ticket is nearly complete. the potential vp candidate said mitt romney will pick a running mate in just a couple days. it's one of the most anticipated announcements of the 2012 presidential race, and mcdonnell is on the short list with tim pawlenty, marco rubio.
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>> i told the governor i would do whatever i could to help him win. my biggest job is to pick candidates around the country. i think that tells you from the candidates' standpoint how important they think virginia is. >> romney said he'll make a vp pick before the republican convention this month. how southwest airlines customers ended up paying thousands of dollars instead. plus, it's president obama's birthday. we'll tell you what he did to celebrate. and a second chance at love. a couple that got divorced and a couplei got the chanceed and to start my own business. i know what it's like to hire people and to make ends meet. from those experiences, i had the chance of running the olympics. the games were in real trouble. there'd been way too much spending. and in massachusetts i found a budget that was badly out of balance. our legislature was 85% democrat. and every one of the four years i was governor, we balanced the budget. i want to use those experiences to help americans have a better future.
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we believe in our future. we believe in ourselves. we believe the greatest days of america are ahead. i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. i don't even take a morning off. [ danell ] i haven't ordered dessert in two years. [ gwen ] you know that best selling book everyone loves? i haven't read it. [ carlos ] i haven't watched tv since last summer. hey, i've been busy. [ breathing heavily ] [ male announcer ] citi is proud to sponsor our dedicated u.s. athletes, every step of the way.
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the wife of illinois congressman jesse jackson, jr. is revealing new information tonight about her husband's hospitalization for depression. jackson's wife told the chicago sun times that her husband collapsed at his d.c. home two months ago.
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she said doctors are now considering the possibility that jackson's depression is linked to his weight loss procedure in 2004. the congressman is being treated right now at the mayo clinic in minnesota. former u.s. senator larry craig is trying to fend off a lawsuit arguing that an infamous bathroom break occurred on work time. the federal commission sued craig in june. the they said he used $200,000 campaign money for his legal defense. craig said the bathroom trip was covered because he was traveling from idaho to washington, d.c. for work. he pleaded guilty for disorderly conduct and the bathroom encounter. president obama celebrating his 51st birthday today at camp david before heading to the presidential retreat, the president played a round of golf with friends at andrews air force base. on monday he goes back to the campaign trail in connecticut.
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monday he'll hold some birthd - birthday-themed fundraisers in chicago. over the next four months, you have a choice to make. not just between two political parties, or even two people. it's a choice between two very different plans for our country. governor romney's plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top. roll back regulations on big banks. and he says that if we do, our economy will grow and everyone will benefit. but you know what? we tried that top down approach. it's what caused the mess in the first place. i believe the only way to create an economy built to last is to strengthen the middle class. asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. so that we can afford to invest in education, manufacturing, and home-grown american energy for good middle class jobs. sometimes politics can seem very small. but the choice you face, it couldn't be bigger.
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♪ i'm barack obama and i approve this message.
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southwest airlines recently nabbed its 300,000th fan, so they decided to sell discounted fares. boy, did that back fire. >> i tried booking my flight around 420. >> reporter: nancy got an error message and another and another. she about gave up when she got a confirmation e-mail. and another and another. >> i continued to get more e-mails. >> southwest kept booking her and kept billing her. >> i noticed my e-mail refreshed
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and i got five new e-mails. >> reporter: all afternoon, five seats on the same flight. she ended up with over five tickets. >> that's over $9,000 of flight charges. >> you are now free to empty your bank account. >> i was outraged. the stacary thing is i know it wasn't just me. when you go to the facebook page, you can read people saying they got charged a lot of times. >> reporter: people can expect refunds, though they don't know when. >> 35 tickets under my name. so i have a whole plane if anybody wants to go from denver to philadelphia. >> well, love got a second chance in buffalo, new york today. an 85-year-old couple remarried after a nearly 50-year separation, if you will. lena henderson and rowland davis
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first tied the knot as teens. they divorced later but they always stayed in touch. davis proposed over the phone. he said he never forgot his first love. no honeymoon plans. they plan to enjoy time with great-grandchildren. >> good for them. congratulations. >> again, wishing them many happy years ahead. >> yeah. absolutely. a story with a happy ending. >> will they be happy with the weather coming up tomorrow? >> they would be happy in buffalo. if they had to be here tomorrow, they may not be as happy. >> you had slight chance on the graphic. >> that was yesterday. sunday, unfortunately, a better chance of thunderstorms coming to the area. and no chance of a cooldown at all. if you thought saturday was hot, how about 95 or 96 again coming up on your sunday and better storm chances coming up as we get to your sunday afternoon and sunday evening, so be ready for that. just after midnight, skies are partly cloudy here in
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washington. we have a very warm borderline oppressive night outside. it is still in the 80s in town. even after midnight, temperatures still 84 degrees at national airport. the dew points, which is the real measure of discomfort that you feel, 72 our current doour d -- dew point. so that's way up there. the only thing that's nice is a subtle breeze averaging 13 miles an hour. the breeze will make it feel a little bit better, but that southerly wind will prevent overnight temperatures from dropping even lower. still plenty of spots overnight. we're looking for low overnight temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. out west into the shenandoah valley, some spots might get below 70 but not in town. a steamy start. 81 degrees by 8:00 in the morning. 94 just after lunchtime on your sunday and temperatures still flirting with 90 degrees by 6:00. but storms, and some of them
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strong to severe storms at that, are becoming more likely as they get to the late afternoon and evening time frame for tomorrow. nothing to happen here for the overnight hours, but just to show you how charged up the atmosphere is, there are thunderstorms across much of northern and central parts of ohio. these will not necessarily be bothering us, but the impulse driving those storms tonight will be down across our area as we get into the day tomorrow. so that is the reason why no more than spotty storms in your area will be coverage storms tomorrow. some could get one to two inches of rain in a hurry. showers might linger until drive home from work time on monday afternoon. if you're going to the beach on your sunday, hot. stormy weather most likely at the beaches on monday. if you're sticking around town, it looks like sunday night is going to be the best chance for stronger thunderstorms. overnight tonight, nothing to worry about. passing clouds and muggy.
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overnight temperatures mainly in the 70s to near 80 in bayside. and then for tomorrow night, another sizzler. way up into the 90s we go tomorrow. if you have stuff to do outside, go to the lake, go fishing, go to the pool, just get it done by 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon and things should be relatively settled up through then. >> or all of the above. fish, pool, lake, do tall by 2:00. >> if you can do it all by 2:00, you're the man. [ male announcer ] olympic tennis players bob and mike bryan
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waiting for. >> if you're in the outfield seats, pretty good place to be, because souvenirs were raining down. >> especially that full cup of soda. >> absolutely. note to anyone going to a washington nationals baseball game. no matter what the score, do not leave until the final out because this group will give you your money's worth. miami marlins manager has got to be fuming tonight as his team gave up two leads to the nats. davey johnson looking on as his crew showing that classic fight all year round that they've been doing. bottom of the 6th, 5-3 marlins. adam larose taking matt burley tonight. matt cut the marlins' lead to 1. bottom of the 8th, game tied at 6. two outs for danny espinosa, and this one leaves the yard. whoo! three-run shot for espinosa. nats take a 9-6 lead.
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very next batter, danny espinosa watches as bryce harper, his moon shot, his tenth of the year, 6-run inning for the nats. 10-7 nats. tyler clipper in to close this one out. they're three games up. here's manager davey johnson. >> there's no give-up. if anything, they try too hard, you know. work too hard. that's the makeup of this ball club. it came roaring back and it was fun. really fun. >> really fun. over 24,000 taking in the last fan appreciation at redskins park when the training camp moves to richmond next year. the grind getting to the players as two altercations broke out. yesterday the first pre-season game against buffalo, it can't come soon enough.
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the fans making it clear why they are excited this year. the franchise, robert griffin iii getting most of the attention. fans are excited to see what mike shanahan has up his sleeve with the offense. one of those is turning ryan paul from wide receiver into a h tight end. he shares with me making that transition. >> it's a tough transition. the hardest part is picking up at runs because i'm not used to blocking a 280 identify pou-pou. i have to know the whole defensive front, i have to know what the corner is doing and i'm fine. but it's a different feel. >> okay, so we have michael phelps winning a gold medal in his last olympic swimming event. we got the americans and jamaicans going head to head for the fastest human. we had the usa men's basketball team averaging 52 points a game in the olympics, almost losing
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to lithuania. kevin durant and team usa with all they can handle from a fellow alum. anthony with a triple. lithuania would lead halfway through the 4th. durant running the floor. no one is stopping that. 16 points and we're tied at 82. under four minutes to go. usa up 90-86. never touches the ground. chris paul, lebron james. lebron with the last of the team's 19 points. america holds on 91-94 to hold perfect. there's one statistic that will stand out and that's them taking care of business from home. just one loss in ten games at rfk and that loss the first game of the season. could the home cooking continue tonight against the columbus crew?
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chris pontius looking for his eighth win at home. there's chris pontius. he'll fare in these highlights. nick deleon. columbus looking like a bunch of dancing bananas. when the footwork fun is over, pontius with his tenth gold of the year, they improve 11th, 7-3. >> dancing bananas? >> that's a horrible collection of uniforms. >> we have some storms coming tomorrow. i want to take a last look at the weather. >> tomorrow is going to be a whole lot busier for thunderstorm coverage than today turned out to be, and that's okay because today was a fine day to be outside and few people got wet. tomorrow thunderstorms on your sunday, and some of them are going

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